England travel guide

England travel guide


2 minute summary

It really doesnít matter whether youíve lived in England all your life or youíre visiting from distant lands; there are plenty of country tracks, coastal trails and historic towpaths to invigorate even the most wizened of world-weary travellers. Thereís no better way to get around other than two feet or two wheels and packing your bag for every eventuality, weather-wise, gets you out of doors without a momentís thought.
Crossing counties unlocks dialects and colloquialisms unbeknown to the rest of the country and if youíre ever asked the question: Ďdoes one apply jam or cream first to a scone?í having first-hand experience is essential prior to confidently committing to an answer. Outdoor summer festivals, frosty winter mornings, newborn spring lambs and autumnal bonfires making dark nights sizzle; thereís a reason why Englandís a great place to visit but that, of course, would be telling.
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The North of England may be seen as bleak by some shandy-drinking southerners but it certainly packs a punch when it comes to height with Cumbria, Derbyshire and Yorkshire providing the three lionsí share of upland areas. Folds flatten, slightly, south of the Pennines, with the Cotswolds, Chilterns and North and South Downs providing ample hillside views whilst the uninhabited moors and rugged coastlines of the West Country, including Devon and Cornwall, offer much wilder, woollier, alternatives. The best time to travel in England is out of the summer holidays with the spring producing blankets of bluebells and twittering birds whilst the autumn is all about kicking up leaves and flasks of hot pumpkin soup.
Devon Isle of Wight Lake District New Forest Pilgrim's Way South Downs Yorkshire

Devon

Idling over Devonís agricultural landscapes, the wilds of Dartmoor or via the coves and beaches of the Jurassic Coast is the stuff of dreams, ensuring cyclists and walkers will be in their absolute element. Log fires in country pubs, the debate over jam or cream first on a scone, healthy, happy, muddy kids and dogs; you name it and Devon has got it in bucket loads.

Isle of Wight

Step on a ferry bound for Cowes, Yarmouth or Ryde, and youíll be transported to a holiday destination that boasts 100km of beach, 300km of cycle trails and over 800km of well-signed walking paths. Historic properties, such as Osborne House and Carisbrooke Castle, provide the cultural interludes with numerous parks, gardens and even vineyards adding to the island's appeal.

Lake District

Although Windermere can get busy, especially during the summer, there are numerous lesser-visited shores where views and peace are completely unhindered. Tackling parts of walking routes, such as the Cumbria Way, will take you through some of the national parkís rarely seen areas with farmland, rivers and fells adding to the classic scenes youíll find en-route from Ulverson to Carlisle.

New Forest

Wisteria-clad cottages, historic mansions and untold acres of grass, heath and woodland make the New Forest a treat for the senses and a great opportunity to get outdoors and experience the very best of southern England. Cycling or walking is the only way to travel with woodlarks, warblers and lapwings nipping in and out of heathland and wild ponies casually meandering wherever the heck they please.

Pilgrim's Way

Tackling the near 200km historic walking route from Hampshire to Kent is a fabulous excuse to explore the ancient tracks between towns such as Winchester, Canterbury and Guildford, as well as the open chalk hills, grassy meadows and areas of woodland associated with the North and Kent Downs. Grab a guide book, slip on your boots, pick a pub for lunch and youíre off.

South Downs

Close to our hearts, as our office is on its doorstep, the South Downs National Park is the breathing space of burgeoning SE England. Just an hour from London, this undulating, chalky landscape is a magnet for hikers, bikers and families wanting to escape. Hike all or part of the South Downs Way (161km), check out Transition Town of Lewes, and donít miss our beloved Sussex Heritage Coast.

Yorkshire

Following rivers through valleys and over hill and dale is what walking in Godís own country is all about and if youíve packed your bag with a healthy slice of Yorkshire brack to enjoy with a flask of tea against a dry stone wall then you wonít need any further persuasion. The Dales Way, from Ilkley to Lake Windermere, is an 82 miler that incorporates some of the countyís most quintessential landscapes.
Photo credits: [Dunstanburgh castle: Dave_S.] [Sheep: Dimitry B.] [Seven sisters Sussex: Paul Pitman] [Devon: Phil Gayton] [Isle of Wight: Andrew] [Lake District: Jorge Franganillo] [New Forest: Supermac1961] [Pilgrim's Way: James Stewart] [South Downs: Marc Berry Reid] [Yorkshire: Peer Lawther]
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